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Opinion: 'Drone Memo' Ruling a Model of Judicial Skepticism

By David McCraw |

Shortly before Christmas in 2011, I called a lawyer at the American Civil Liberties Union and told him I was thinking about filing a suit on behalf of The New York Times against the U.S. Department of Justice. My plan was to ask the court to compel DOJ to reveal its secret legal memoranda justifying targeted killings of Americans and others abroad. I wanted to know whether he thought we had a chance of winning.

James Roberston, Fatima Lahnin,  John Horvack, Jennifer Peschell

Company Wins $35 Million Verdict in Trade Secrets Case

By Christian Nolan |

The feud between two competitors in the niche business of product printing technology fueled a hotly contested intellectual property battle that came to a head in the U.S. District Court.

Attorney J. Michael Farren, 57, of New Canaan, Conn, is on trial for trying to murder his wife.

Former White House Lawyer Convicted in Absentia

By Karen Ali |

As in any other serious criminal trial he's handled, Bridgeport criminal defense lawyer Eugene Riccio cross-examined witnesses and stood to make objections to prosecutor's arguments.

Jonathan Tabasky

Conn. Firm Sued Over Expired Microscope Patent

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The role of lawyers in protecting the IP output of universities is at the center of a lawsuit Brown University has filed against its outside counsel for allegedly letting expire a patent for a high-resolution scanning, magnetic microscope.

Attorneys from Saxe Doernberger & Vita

Litigation Department Of The Year: Saxe Doernberger & Vita Finds 'Niche Within Niche' Representing Policyholders

By GINA PASSARELLA |

Saxe Doernberger & Vita leverages its specialized practice with a small but growing team to benefit its insurance clients to the tune of nearly $48 million a year in recoveries.

Colleen Murphy

Ruling Allows Police to Limit Release of Information

By Christian Nolan |

In a 7-0 decision, the state Supreme Court ruled that state law allows police to release only the most basic information about an arrest while prosecution is pending.

Pro Bono Honors: Lawyer Takes On Cases Involving Kids In Danger

By JAY STAPLETON |

Christopher Oakley first developed an interest in complex family legal matters even before he went to law school. His mother had been adopted, and her experiences inspired him to focus on family law issues while studying at Quinnipiac University School of Law.

Jury Awards $2.75 Million To Sex Abuse Victim

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

A jury in Willimantic has awarded $2.75 million to a woman who claims as a child she was sexually abused by her mother's boyfriend. Dawn Andalora claims the abuse began 33 years ago when she was just 7-years-old. She said the 40-year-old boyfriend, Joseph Falanga, would enter her bedroom and molest her.

Members of Axinn Veltrop's Litigation team.

Litigation Department Of The Year: Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider Has Patented Approach To Succeeding In Federal Court

By JAY STAPLETON |

A Johnson & Johnson subsidiary sought to stop a manufacturer of spinal implants from violating its patents related to the technology. Fast action was needed. So the company turned to a Connecticut law firm that prides itself on getting results in federal courts across the country—Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider.

Connecticut Legal Rights Project

Honors Night 2014: A Lifeline For People With Mental Illness

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

The Connecticut Legal Rights Project has been operating under the radar since 1990. The group provides legal services to low-income adults with psychiatric disabilities living in Connecticut, primarily on matters related to their health care treatment and civil rights.

Editorial: Proper Valuation of Art Work May be Controversial

At its best, a great work of art is an object which consoles the spirit in difficult times, and inspires one's life in better times. Unfortunately, to a great extent it has now become a "commodity," bought, sold, and donated primarily because of its inherent value.

Jailed Transgender Teen Moved To Psych Center

A transgender girl detained without criminal charges for two months at an adult women's prison in Connecticut has been moved to a psychiatric center for children following an outcry by her supporters.

Top New Haven Lawyer Nominated For Federal Judgeship

By JAY STAPLETON |

Victor Bolden, New Haven's corporation counsel, is winning praise from Connecticut lawmakers after being nominated for a federal judge's post by President Barack Obama.

Former Executive Wins Just Under $2 Million In Lawsuit After Insurer Accuses Him Of Arson

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

A former Wall Street executive who lost all of his belongings in a fire at his home stands to recover just under $2 million after a jury decided his insurance company wrongly accused him of arson and refused to pay him.

Members of McCarter & English's litigation team.

Litigation Department Of The Year: McCarter & English Litigators Expand Reputation In Wide Range Of Practice Areas

By DOUGLAS S. MALAN |

When McCarter & English moved into the Connecticut marketplace about a decade ago, there was a general sense the New Jersey-based firm was strong in business litigation. Since then, the firm's leaders like to think the reputation has grown.

Opinion: Law Firms Are Slow To Adapt To New Innovations

By ADRIAN DAYTON |

What do lawyers and Pakistani factory workers have in common? More than you think. Especially when it comes to innovation. Columbia University researchers looked at how innovation spreads in a seemingly simple area—the manufacture of soccer balls.

Land Use Law: Wetlands Agencies Vs. Zoning Boards Of Appeal

By KEVIN M. TIGHE |

Development of real property in Connecticut will often require permits, licenses and approvals from several different municipal and state agencies. In some instances, the Connecticut General Statutes expressly provide for the order in which such permits, licenses and approvals must be obtained and the authority of such municipal and state agencies relative to each other.

Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland arrives with attorney Reid Weingarten at federal court, Friday, April 11, 2014, in New Haven, Conn.  A grand jury on Thursday returned a seven-count indictment alleging Rowland schemed to conceal involvement with congressional campaigns. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Rowland's Outspoken Lawyer Has Long List Of Rich, Powerful Clients

By JAY STAPLETON and PAUL SUSSMAN |

When he was arraigned the other day, officially charged with campaign finance law violations, you no doubt recognized John Rowland. Although his hair has grayed, he still looks much like he did when he was a boyish 38 years old and first taking office as Connecticut governor in 1995.

East Haven Settlement Includes Restrictions On Police

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

Marcia Chacon, et al. v. East Haven Police Department, et al.: Lawyers for nine East Haven Latinos who settled their lawsuit with the town for $450,000 called it a groundbreaking agreement that should serve as a model for other towns' immigration policies.

Opinion : Firms Must Change In Order To Survive And Thrive

By ED POLL |

The legal profession continues to contend with everything from a supposed excess supply of lawyers to fee pressures and collections. Both large law firms and small law firms are experiencing change. Will they survive as we see them today?

Conn. Plays Key Role In Another National Mortgage Settlement

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

SunTrust, a mortgage lender and servicer, has agreed to pay nearly $1 billion to resolve allegations that it underwrote and endorsed faulty mortgage loans, according to government officials.

Scam Targeting Lawyers Grows More Sophisticated

By KAREN ALI |

Attorney Dan McGuire has seen his fair share of scams aimed a law firms over the years, and he thinks he's pretty good at recognizing them. But he said a new version of an old scheme was so sophisticated that he felt the need to call the FBI and wants to warn fellow lawyers.

Employment Law: Punitive Damages Claimed Under Fair Employment Act

By MICHAEL D. COLONESE and CASSIE N. JAMESON |

Are punitive damages available to plaintiffs who prove willful employment discrimination under the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act, Conn. Gen. Stat. 46a-60 et seq.? That question is currently before the Appellate Court in Tomick v. United Parcel Service, AC 35896.

Ex-White House Lawyer Remains Absent from Attempted Murder Trial

By KAREN ALI |

The first two days of the attempted murder trial of former White House lawyer J. Michael Farren has been notable for its dramatic testimony -- and the absence of the defendant.

Parents Press Emotional Distress Claim After Son's Suicide

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

Summary: Parents who saw their son hang himself are contesting a trial judge's decision to dismiss their bystander emotional distress claim filed as part of their medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital that had released their son earlier that morning.

Members of Bingham McCutchen's litigation team.

Litigation Department Of The Year: Bingham McCutchen's Small Hartford Office Has Many Big-Name Clients

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

Bingham McCutchen may only have eight litigators in its Connecticut office. But they insist there's no shortage of staff or resources for the cases they handle both in and out of state. After all, there are 450 total Bingham McCutchen litigators worldwide.

Robert Zaslow

Pro Bono Honors: Robert Zaslow Brings People Skills To Tough Family Court Cases

By KAREN ALI |

Robert Zaslow began doing pro bono work in Ohio more than two decades ago. While at the Claude W. Pettit College of Law at Ohio Northern University in the early 1990s, he was a certified legal intern with the Allen County Blackhoof Area Legal Services. Supervised by legal attorneys, he was allowed to actively practice as a lawyer.

Construction Company To Pay $2.4 Million Settlement

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

An attempt to take advantage of a U.S. Department of Transportation program designed to help socially disadvantaged small businesses has resulted in a $2.4 million settlement between a Plainville-based construction company and the federal government.

Lawmakers Pass 'Landmark' Bill To Address College Sexual Assaults

By Associated Press |

Connecticut lawmakers have given final legislative approval to a wide-ranging bill that attempts to address and prevent sexual assault on college campuses, mirroring some of the newly released recommendations from a White House task force.

Napping Yankees Fan Sues ESPN

By Associated Press |

A New York Yankees fan has filed a $10 million lawsuit against Bristol-based ESPN and two ESPN announcers, contending that the announcers mocked him when he was caught on national television sleeping in his seat during a game at Yankee Stadium.

Employment Law Boutique Firm Makes Strategic Move To Fairfield County

By JAY STAPLETON |

Labor and employment boutique Mitchell & Sheahan has opened new office in Stamford to expand into the booming portion of the state that is home to many corporate offices and New York City commuters.

George Jepsen

Jepsen Cites Less Confrontational Style As He Launches Re-Election Bid

By JAY STAPLETON |

When George Jepsen was elected Connecticut attorney general in 2010, he came into office with a consumer protection agenda that sounded much like that of his predecessor, Richard Blumenthal.

Honors Night 2014

The 2014 Honor's Night brought together prominent members of the legal community to recognize the service and accomplishment of lawyers from throughout the state who perform pro bono work, lead government agencies and teach others important legal principles.

Health Law: The Current State Of Physician Practice Valuation

By LAURA M. PFEIFFENBERGER and MARK O. DIETRICH |

Just as in the 1990s, there is a wave of consolidation in the health-care industry today that is affecting both the perception and the reality of physician practice value. In many cases, the economics of today's transactions are similar to the '90s and that does not bode well for the future.

Nickola Cunha

Pro Bono Honors: Nickola Cunha Attends To Pro Bono Clients Like They Were Her Own Siblings

By JAY STAPLETON |

Nickola Cunha's desire to help others started when she began shouldering a big burden at a young age. Now a general practice solo in Hamden, Cunha Britain was just shy of her 21st birthday when her mother passed away, leaving her in charge of caring for her younger brother and two sisters.

Employment Law: Executive Compensation Issues For Tax-Exempt Employers

By RACHEL ARNEDT |

Compensation packages for executives of tax-exempt organizations can raise private inurement issues and are also subject to tax regulations governing benefits, including nonqualified deferred compensation, that do not apply to taxable employers. It's a thorny world out there. Tread carefully.

Shortage Of Lethal Injection Drugs Could Extend Conn. Death Row Appeals

By Associated Press |

Connecticut has 11 inmates on death row yet no access to the lethal injection drugs the state would use to perform those executions, a problem lawyers say could add years to litigation over those sentences.

Law Tribune Seeks Articles For Health Law and Employment Law Sections

The Law Tribune is seeking articles for two upcoming special practice sections. Articles should be about 1,200 words long, contain no footnotes and be written in such a manner that lawyers who practice any type of law can understand them.

IP Law: A New Swarm Of Music-Sharing Lawsuits

By DAVID BENOIT |

A new type of case involving a clash of Internet law, copyright law and hundreds of defendants identified only by their IP address has made its way into Connecticut courts.

Attorney William Westcott

Judge Described Limitations Of Voyeurism Law In Dismissing Charges

By Karen Ali |

A Wilton man accused of videotaping encounters with women had his charges dismissed, fueling a debate about the existing law and what it means to be in "plain view."

Attorney Timothy Moynahan

College Names Law Library Collection After Local Lawyer

By KAREN ALI |

Waterbury criminal defense and personal injury lawyer Timothy Moynahan, who has practiced for 50 years, has no shortage of courtroom wins under his belt. But when Post University students mention his name in the future, it will likely be in reference to a trip to the school library rather than a nearby courthouse.

Woman Punched By Officer In Parking Lot Settles For $230,000

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

Brenda Mazariegos v. City of Stamford: A woman who claims a Stamford police officer punched her in the face hard enough to cause a minor brain injury has settled her lawsuit for $230,000 after a trial resulted in a hung jury.

Gerald Passaro and Thomas Buckholz

DOMA Decision Brings Wave Of Litigation Involving Same-Sex Partners

By JAY STAPLETON and KAREN ALI |

A Connecticut resident who previously challenged the Defense of Marriage Act has filed suit against a major U.S. company in an attempt to collect pension benefits he claims he is owed following his partner's death.

Defense Says $10 Million Verdict Could Spur Domestic Violence Lawsuits Against Police

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

A jury has awarded $10 million to the family of a woman who was stabbed to death after police officers allegedly failed to enforce a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend, leading one defense attorney to predict that Connecticut police departments will face a wave of lawsuits by domestic violence victims.

Editorial: No Tolerance for School Zero Tolerance Policies

In what will hopefully be the death knell of an ill-conceived and poorly executed policy, the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division recently have warned local and state departments of education that the application of zero tolerance in student discipline policies is a potential basis for a finding of discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin.

Health Law: HIPAA Breaches: Getting It Right

By JOAN W. FELDMAN and WILLIAM J. ROBERTS |

Anyone who has been to a doctor's office in the last 12 years, by now, knows that the federal government enacted a privacy and security law known as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Employment Law: Immigration Waiting Games

By ANDREW L. WIZNER |

On May 12, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services proposed a rule to amend current regulations so that certain spouses of temporary H-1B specialty occupation workers may work in the U.S. USCIS does not now extend work authorization to H-4 spouses of H-1B workers.

Corporate Law Reforms Could Mean Legal Business For Conn.

By JAY STAPLETON |

They are corporate giants, employing thousands of Connecticut residents at their headquarters and generating hundreds of millions in tax dollars each year. But much of the tax revenue paid by Connecticut's largest corporate citizens goes to a tiny coastal state south of New Jersey.

Birth Certificate Access Bill Raises Adoption Law Issues

By AMARIS ELLIOTT-ENGEL |

Connecticut adoptees marked a major milestone earlier this year when the General Assembly passed legislation giving them access to their original birth certificates — and the names of their biological parents.

Second Circuit Vacates Convicted Mortgage Scammer's 16-Year Verdict

By JAY STAPLETON |

It seemed to be done and gone, a high-profile, multimillion-dollar mortgage fraud case that landed a Norwalk businessman a 16-year prison sentence back in 2010. But an appellate court decision has thrown the case back to a federal trial court for resentencing, a move that has captured the attention of some Connecticut white-collar lawyers.

Transgender Teen Likely To Be Transferred From Prison To Treatment Center

By Associated Press |

The head of Connecticut's child welfare agency says a transgender teenager detained in an adult prison without criminal charges has been accepted for admission to a private treatment center for youths in Massachusetts.

Employment Law: Employee Commuting Time Not Compensable

By DAVID R. GOLDER and ASHLEY TOTORICA |

Rejecting a plumbing foreman's claim that he was entitled to compensation for his time spent commuting to and from work, which was alleged to be two hours each day, the Connecticut Supreme Court has declined to accord deference to the Connecticut Department of Labor's interpretation of travel time, which is less favorable to employers. Sarrazin v. Coastal, 311 Conn. 581 (2014).

Supreme Court Says Disabled Woman Has Right To Consent To S&M Sex

By Law Tribune Staff And Wire Reports |

People don't necessarily give up their ability to consent to sex — including sadomasochistic encounters — when placed under the legal conservatorship of others because they are considered unable to handle their affairs, the Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled.

Pro Bono Honors: William Grady's No Longer A Teacher, But He Still Helps Young People

By JAY STAPLETON |

William G. Grady's career handling criminal defense and child protection cases has followed, to borrow from the words of poet Robert Frost, "the road less traveled." Back in 1964, his first "real job" was teaching English literature and composition to wayward girls at the now defunct Long Lane School, run by the state Department of Children and Families.

Supreme Court Sets Rare Summer Session For Death Penalty Case

The state Supreme Court has scheduled a rare summer special session to hear the death penalty appeal of Russell Peeler Jr., who ordered the 1999 killings of a woman and her 8-year-old son in Bridgeport.

Settlement Bars Placement Of Mentally Ill In Nursing Homes

By Associated Press |

Connecticut officials have agreed to stop housing many mentally ill people in nursing homes in a proposed settlement of an 8-year-old lawsuit involving more than 200 psychiatric patients.

Bill To Restrict Release Of Crime Scene Information Hits Snag

By Associated Press |

It's unclear whether Connecticut lawmakers will approve any legislation this session that would place additional restrictions on the public release of information from homicides as part of an effort to protect victim privacy following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

Samuel Schoonmaker III

Litigation Department Of The Year: Sam Schoonmaker Has Left A Lasting Mark On Divorce Law In Connecticut

By JAY STAPLETON |

For more than 40 years, Greenwich divorce lawyer Samuel V. Schoonmaker III has advised television personalities and jet-set executives on how to end their marriages. He served as divorce counsel to fashion trendsetter Martha Stewart, financier Carl Icahn and former football start Frank Gifford.

Members of Day Pitney's litigation team.

Litigation Department Of The Year: Day Pitney's Clients Include National Companies And Connecticut Icons

By JAY STAPLETON |

Day Pitney's litigation department has represented some of the best-known companies in the state. Core clients have included national and global brands, such as Priceline.com and Wells Fargo bank, not to mention some of Connecticut's most venerable institutions, such as Yale University.

Karem Friedman and Genea Bell

Cooperation Grows Among Affinity Bar Associations

By JAY STAPLETON |

With new slates of officers recently elected at the state's two largest affinity bar organizations, there is an increased focus on working together to increase diversity within the legal community.

IP Law: Congressional Proposal Would Make It More Difficult To Enforce Claims

By WALTER B. WELSH |

Congress is again taking aim at patent trolls with a bill intended to curb alleged patent litigation abuses. The chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., introduced the bill, officially The Innovation Act, in 2013.

Wiggin and Dana's litigation team.

Litigation Department Of The Year: Wiggin and Dana's White-Collar Group Features Former Prosecutors, Regulators

By AMARIS ELLIOTT-ENGEL |

When big companies face big problems, they usually hire giant law firms with deep benches of lawyers. But one more modest-sized Connecticut firm is often hired to enter the ring against government prosecutors and regulators.

Members of Siegel O'Connor's litigation team.

Litigation Department Of The Year: Siegel O'Connor Works Hard To Be A Leader In Employment Law

By AMARIS ELLIOTT-ENGEL |

Siegel, O'Connor, O'Donnell & Beck likes to do more than win cases. The firm, with Hartford and New London offices, wants to have an impact on the law. Its leaders say they're able to do that by keeping their focus on one practice area.

Lawyer Charged With Stealing $1 Million

By KAREN ALI |

A former Bristol lawyer who allegedly took more than $1 million from an elderly woman is facing 29 felony larceny charges.

Editorial: Governor: Do The Right Thing And Ensure Fair Hearings

Former Superior Court Judge Beverly Hodgson in her opinion piece, "State Agency Needs To Change Rules For Hearings" (Connecticut Law Tribune, May 30) had it exactly right in urging enactment of P.A. 14-209, "An Act Concerning Administrative Hearings Conducted by the Department of Social Services." The legislation is awaiting action by the governor, but there are rumors that some people are encouraging him to veto it. What a mistake that would be.

Accident Victim's Decision To Reject Settlement Pays Off

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

Dario Correa v. Miguel Rodriguez: A Hartford man who injured his back after getting rear-ended at a red light was awarded $65,600 by a jury recently after turning down a defense settlement offer of $19,000.

Members of Cantor Colburn's litigation team.

Litigation Department Of The Year: Cantor Colburn Brings Nonlegal Expertise In The IP Law Arena

By KAREN ALI |

Cantor Colburn is a law firm. And a haven for scientists. "I think almost 90 percent of our lawyers have a science degree. We're either bored or we like to study," joked the firm's cochairman of litigation, William Cass, who has a mechanical engineering degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. "We have people with all levels of expertise."

More Lawyers Grieved For Fiduciary Issues, CBA Panelists Say

By JAY STAPLETON |

About 100 Connecticut lawyers underwent a "scared straight" program on ethics hosted by the Connecticut Bar Association at its annual meeting on Monday, June 16. This years' annual CBA meeting was rebranded this year as the Connecticut Legal Conference, and featured a luncheon and several networking opportunities, including a cocktail hour.

Employment Law: Conn. Statute Seems To Be At Odds With U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

By TODD STEIGMAN |

In May, the Connecticut Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that will decide whether employees in Connecticut can be disciplined or discharged for engaging in certain speech in the workplace. That has become an unsettled issue in Connecticut in recent years, since a 2006 U.S. Supreme Court ruling limited the rights of employees under the First Amendment.

Easton Boy Wins $8 Million In Crash Case

By Associated Press |

A jury in Bridgeport has awarded $8 million to the family of an Easton boy who was severely injured when a dump truck crashed into their car in 2010.

Former Associate Says Bill Gallagher Owed Her $35,000

By JAY STAPLETON |

Many bar members were troubled to learn of possible shortfalls in the client accounts of the late New Haven lawyer William Gallagher. And now it appears that there will be no easy resolution of the situation.

East Haven Latinos Reach $450,000 Settlement With Town

By Law Tribune Staff and Wire Reports |

The town of East Haven has agreed to pay $450,000 to settle a civil rights lawsuit by Latino residents. But perhaps the more significant part of the agreement, according to lawyers involved with the case, is that the town has agreed to greatly limit its enforcement of immigration laws and communications with national immigration authorities.

Attorney J. Michael Farren, 57, of New Canaan, Conn, is on trial for trying to murder his wife.

Appeal May Delay Ex-White House Lawyer's Attempted Murder Trial

By Associated Press |

A former White House lawyer charged with trying to kill his wife in Connecticut is appealing a judge's decision to prevent Farren from employing a mental health defense. John Michael Farren, who worked in both Bush administrations, has asked the Connecticut Appellate Court to overturn a May 1 decision by Stamford Superior Court Judge Richard Comerford.

Excessive-Force Case Settles For Nearly $200,000

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

The video went viral with nearly 171,000 views on YouTube. It shows three Bridgeport police officers kicking a defenseless suspect that they just apprehended. In the aftermath, the officers were placed on paid leave and the beating victim, Orlando Lopez-Soto, filed an excessive-force lawsuit in federal court.

Zoning Law: Outcry Follows Appellate Court Ruling In McDonald's Case

By KENNETH R. SLATER Jr. |

There was much wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth following the state Appellate Court's decision late last year in MacKenzie v. Planning and Zoning Commission of Monroe, 146 Conn. App. 406 (2013), in which the court ruled that zoning regulations that permit a zoning commission to apply flexible setback and landscaping requirements in approving development applications are invalid.

Editorial: Would You Let Your Child Become A Lawyer?

U.S. District Judge Robert Chatigny spoke at the recent memorial service for Jacob Zeldes, a Bridgeport lawyer many considered the dean of Connecticut criminal law. The judge ended on a personal note.

Garvin Ambrose

State Victim Advocate Quits After 16 Months On Job

By KAREN ALI |

Connecticut State Victim Advocate Garvin Ambrose has announced his resignation from the post, less than 16 months after being appointed to the job. According to a news release distributed by the office of Gov. Dannel Malloy, Ambrose intends on relocating to his hometown of Chicago to accept a new professional opportunity.

IP Law: The 'Atomic Bomb' Of Patent Law

By JOHN R. HORVACK Jr., JOHN L. CORDANI Jr. and DAMIAN K. GUNNINGSMITH |

Part of the complexity inherent in a patent infringement suit is that infringement (or noninfringement) and most defenses challenging the validity of a patent proceed on a claim-by-claim basis.

Plan Is Offered To Solve Medical Custody Dispute Involving Connecticut Teen

Massachusetts officials announced a plan Monday to return a teenager in a custody dispute involving different diagnoses by two hospitals to her home state of Connecticut to be closer to her family, but her family objected to it, calling it a "slap in the face."

Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Police Discretion

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

The state Supreme Court last week tossed a lawsuit against Hartford police for not preventing a murder at a residence where officers had been called for a domestic dispute just hours before.

Court Says Dogs Can Join Kids On Witness Stand

By AMARIS ELLIOTT-ENGEL |

Dogs in court are a growing national trend. Sometimes they sit with witnesses, many of them young victims of sexual abuse, and help the child endure traumatic testimony.

Former Hartford Archbishop Accused Of Not Properly Supervising Priest In Mass Sex Abuse Case

By Associated Press |

FALL RIVER, Mass. - (AP) -- Two former altar boys at a Massachusetts Roman Catholic church have filed a lawsuit alleging they were sexually abused by a now deceased priest, while the former bishop of Fall River who was also an archbishop in Hartford did nothing to stop it.

How Simple Hernia Surgery Turned Into A $12 Million Med-Mal Verdict

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

Vivian Gagliano went into Danbury Hospital for what was supposed to be a routine hernia operation — an outpatient procedure. But the operation went wrong, and she spent 34 days in the intensive care unit, a total of 70 days in the hospital, had six more surgeries and amassed $1 million in medical bills.

Mother, Hospital Settle ADA Discrimination Suit

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

The federal government and the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain have reached a settlement agreement over allegations that that the hospital refused to accommodate a child in its summer camp program in 2013 because the child had diabetes and required the use of an insulin pump.

Court Says Trust Funds Factor In Medicaid Eligibility

By The Associated Press |

Connecticut officials can reject Medicaid coverage for nursing home patients if their spouses have trusts funds, no matter if those funds predated the marriage and were never intended to benefit the patients, the state Supreme Court ruled.

'Very Familiar' Lawyer Target Of 23 Grievance Complaints

By KAREN ALI |

In considering the latest matter involving John Evans, a reviewing panel for the Statewide Grievance Committee commented that the Stamford personal injury lawyer is a “very familiar” figure to state disciplinary authorities.

IP Law: New Options For Challenging Patents

By SCOTT LYDON and MARINA CUNNINGHAM |

The America Invents Act (AIA) of 2011 significantly overhauled the U.S. patent system and, among other changes, introduced several new petition mechanisms for challenging patents through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Kenneth Caisse

Pro Bono Honors: Kenneth Caisse Offers Sympathy And Service To Self-Represented Parties

By KAREN ALI |

Kenneth Caisse sees his role as leveling the playing field. Often, he says, he steps into divorce cases where one spouse is represented by a lawyer—or an entire legal team—and another spouse cannot afford legal representation.

Jepsen Takes On High-Profile National Role Among AGs

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen has taken on a higher national profile with his election as vice president of the National Association of Attorneys General. Jepsen was elected to the position last week at a national meeting of the group in Michigan.

Josh McLaurin, Yale Law student

Yale Law Grad Wins Appeal In Video Case

By ALYSON M. PALMER, ALM Media |

As a Yale Law School student on summer break, Joshua McLaurin spent part of last year videorecording criminal court proceedings to document the experience of indigent defendants in Georgia.

AGs In 23 States File Challenges To CT Gun Laws

By JAY STAPLETON |

A coalition of attorneys general in 23 mostly western and southern states have joined an appeal which challenges the constitutionality of Connecticut's gun control law that was passed in the wake of the Newtown school massacre over a year and a half ago.

Other State AGs Join Challenge To Conn. Gun Law

By JAY STAPLETON |

Attorneys general in 23 states — mostly in the West and South — have joined an appellate challenge to the constitutionality of Connecticut gun control measures passed in the wake of the Newtown school massacre in December 2012.

Law Firm Break-Up Leads To Lawsuit Over Client Files

By KAREN ALI |

Timonthy Moynanhan and Martin Minella practiced law together for three decades years in Waterbury, forming a formidable practice known for its work in criminal defense as well as other practice areas.

Attorney Convicted Of Witness Tampering Seeks Reinstatement

By KAREN ALI |

Robert Karanian, who practiced in New Britain, was arrested in 2007 on charges he stole $12,000 from his former client, a convicted drug dealer. A New Britain criminal defense lawyer who was convicted in October 2008 of tampering with and bribing a witness has applied to be reinstated to practice law.

Court Says Public Defenders Should Pay Expert Witness Costs

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

In a much anticipated decision, the Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that indigent criminal defendants who are representing themselves in court have a constitutional right to receive taxpayer dollars to pay for their expert witnesses or investigators.

Zoning Law: Zoning For A Health-Care Facility

By DIANE W. WHITNEY |

Admit it, your first thought was, why would anyone care if a health-care facility was built in their neighborhood? But you were thinking of a nice, quiet nursing home, where the most activity that might take place would be family members gently pushing their elders in wheelchairs around a lush green lawn. A well- manicured lawn, surrounding a tastefully designed Colonial building.

Conn. Supreme Court Gives New Rights To Indigent Defendants

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that indigent criminal defendants who are representing themselves in court have a constitutional right to receive public money to pay for investigators and expert witnesses.

Robinson & Cole Unveils New Logo As Part Of Rebranding Effort

By JAY STAPLETON |

A law firm's logo is more than just something to decorate business cards and stationery. It can serve as an important marketing tool by conveying a message to prospective clients about the firm's goals and values.

Robinson & Cole's Appellate Unit

Litigation Department Of The Year: Robinson & Cole's Appellate Unit Thrives With Team-First Approach

By DOUGLAS S. MALAN |

It's a trend that Robinson & Cole partner Jeffrey White has noticed over the past 10 years. Larger firms outside of the appellate hub of Washington, D.C., have been focusing on building up teams of appellate lawyers to show their depth and expertise.